Sydney, Nov 11: Former Australian cricketer and television personality Greg Ritchie has been accused of making racist comments, using the forbidden “k-word”, at a lunch-time speech during the first Test at the Gabba.
Ritchie made the remarks during an on-stage address at the Brisbane ground while referring to an anecdote involving Kepler Wessels, the former South Africa captain and Australian batsman.
“Hey Kepler, you’re not going to call this lot kaffirs today, are you,” the Sydney Morning herald quoted Ritchie, as saying to a “raucous laugh” on the first day of the Test on Friday, in reference to their time as teammates for Australia against the West Indies in 1983-84.
Wessels, said that he may take legal action against the 52-year-old.
“That’s a disgraceful, offensive and libellous comment to make. It’s certainly not what I’m about and everyone who knows me will know that. I have no idea what he might be referring to – I haven’t even spoken to him since the early ’80s,” he said.
On Friday he is also alleged to have also made offensive remarks about Islam, Pakistan, and former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, the paper said.
“I’ve got nothing against the Muslim people,” Ritchie was reported as saying. “Just this morning I had to try and stop three little Muslim boys trying to break the lock on my car boot. “I had to say, ‘Shut up! You’re in there for a reason!’” he said.
“You can’t say that kind of thing, can you? There’s a place in Pakistan called Lahore. There weren’t many of them (whores) around when we were there in 1982, I can tell you,” he added.
About Imran, he reportedly said: “He’s an absolute knob is Imran Khan, that’s the only way to describe him.” (ANI)